“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”
2 Corinthians 4:8
Resilience is the ability to bounce back in the face of adversity and overcome the obstacles in your life. When God created you He knew you would face trials, situations, and unfavorable circumstances that would challenge you to your core. That is why He created you with resilience.
Research shows that the amount of resilience a person posses is a greater factor for determining success in life than IQ. The reason being is resilient people have the ability to persevere. Perseverance is the governor of success. Not only do they persevere, but they possess the wherewithal to persevere while maintaining a healthy balance. Often success is not just a matter of making all the right moves, but rather to keep making moves until you win.
In their book The Resilience Factor, Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte’ identify 7 skills that comprise your resilience level. Before we discuss each element there are a few things you should know about your resilience level.
First, there are four essential uses for resilience. They are:
Overcome obstacles of your childhood and your past: broken home, poverty, neglect, abandonment, abuse, etc..
Steer Through the everyday adversities that you encounter.
Bounce Back from traumatic events or difficulties rather than becoming helpless and resigned.
Reach Out as a proactive means of connecting with others, pursuing new activities, and becoming strong and courageous in all you undertake.
Second, your resilience level is a part of your identity that can be changed. You can improve any portion of it simply by applying the Word of God on any element that you feel insufficient.
Finally, mature Christians who have developed a relationship with the Lord and regularly pray and study scriptures tend to be resilient.
The 7 elements that compose your resilience factor are below. We will discuss each element in detail.